Author Archives: Anna

DIY painted coasters

DIY painted cork coasters

I know I'm not the first to do a DIY like this and I'm sure I won't be the last. I love coming up with original projects, but when time isn't on your side it's good to keep the creativity ticking over by seeing something crafty you like, and trying it out for yourself. Pinterest is almost awash with varieties ...

My Etsy art favourites

Be so good they can

Now our house is beginning to look something like we always knew it could, we're thinking of ways to make it our home. A big part of this is thinking about what to put on the walls. In truth a significant part of me is reluctant to tap anything into our perfect surfaces, but I'm starting ...

What makes a comfy bed?

Blue tufted headboard and grey campaign chest

Last weekend, I threw a sort-of afternoon tea for some of my best friends, a chance to show off them the kitchen and living room now the rooms are pretty much finished. It was also the beginning of my payback for all the times I've missed hosting a gathering due to the state of my living ...

New! DIY word art prints

DIY word art black and white destination print new home gift

Amid all the renovating and decorating - probably around the time husband had several solid days of sanding and I pleaded helplessness in the face of such an unpleasant task - I found a few spare days for making some word art prints. You may have read this post (from nearly two years ago now - yikes!) ...

10 secrets of better sleep

Calming bedroom, canopy over bed

I am, frankly - like most people - awful without enough sleep. As my husband will testify, I am most definitely not a morning person. Luckily I don't usually have a problem getting shut-eye but I have noticed that as I've got older my sleep can be more disturbed and I tend to wake up earlier. Once insomnia ...

Goals for 2015

Enjoy it because it

If 2014 was the year of getting things done, 2015 is the year I want to do more. Let me make sense of that. There's no doubt that in the last 12 months we've achieved a lot on the house renovation. In doing so, we've worked hard, committed a lot of time, energy and money and ...

10 most popular posts of 2014

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I know pretty much every blogger in the world does it, but it's a good and interesting end-of-year exercise to see which have been the most read posts. It usually throws up a few surprises, and several oldies-and-goodies. I wonder if this year's list will raise your eyebrows? These are the posts written in 2014 that have been the most ...

What I got for Christmas

As you get older the things you want for Christmas can

I'm a pretty lucky girl. I know it. I struggle to think of things I want for Christmas. One explanation is because, well, this. Another is that I don't have particularly expensive tastes, and a decent income, so I tend to buy the things I want throughout the year. But I always look forward to opening my presents for ...

Christmas, and thoughts on 2014

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On Christmas Day there were 10 at our house for dinner. As I've said, getting the house to a state where people could actually visit safely, sit comfortably and eat round a table has been a long, hard slog and there have been times I didn't think we'd pull it off. But even my modest self can't deny ...

Getting ready for Christmas

Matthew Hilton for Case Ballet Sideboard at John Lewis. Getting home and living room ready for Christmas

A few weeks ago, I imagined - fuelled by dreamworld telly and Pinterest - the run up to Christmas would be a few days of casually draping decorations around while sipping wine and listening to festive music. Our reality has been fraught: him DIYing before and after work and me painting the living room until late. (It wasn't anything in ...

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